|Real Name:||Felix Handelman|
|Birthday:||March 30, 2011|
|Occupation:||Son of Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman|
As most of us know, in Hollywood, you can become a celebrity in different ways. Some people work hard and their career helps them become celebrities. Others are born into celebrity families. The latter is the case with Felix Handelman, the celebrity child of Elizabeth Banks.
How much do you know about him? What about his early life and educational background? Well, let’s take a look.
Who Is His Mother?
As we said before, Felix is famous because of his mother. Born Elizabeth Mitchell, she is an American actress and filmmaker. Born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, she grew up on Brown Street, as the eldest of four children. Her father was a Vietnam War veteran and then a factory worker for General Electric. Growing up, she played baseball and rode horses.
Elizabeth graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1992 and then attended the University of Pennsylvania where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. In 1996, she graduated magna cum laude with a major in communications and a minor in theatre arts.
Most people recognize her as Banks nowadays, but she went by Elizabeth Mitchell for the early part of her life. She eventually changed her name after joining the Screen Actors Guild. Actress Elizabeth Mitchell was already registered in the union under that name, so she had to change her surname.
American actress Elizabeth Banks started her career after auditioning in New York and getting a role in the soap opera Santa Barbara. But that required her to quit her education, making Banks forgo the offer due to having taken out student loans to complete her degree.
So, she made her acting debut in the 1998 independent movie Surrender Dorothy. Over the years, she has appeared in movies like Spider-Man, Slither, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Movie 43, The Lego Movie, Power Rangers, Walk of Shame, and more.
In 2015, she made her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2.
On television, she has appeared in television series like Scrubs and Modern Family, both of which helped her earn a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.
Yet, most fans recognize her for her appearance in The Hunger Games. She started her journey in the franchise in 2012, appearing in the first Hunger Games movie, portraying Effie Trinket. Her character is a woman from The Capitol who escorts the District 12 tributes to the annual Hunger Games.
Banks went on to reprise her role in the sequel films Hunger Games Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part 1 and 2.
His Parents’ Marriage
Felix Hendelman is a celebrity child with not one, but two celebrity parents. His father, Max Handleman, is an American sportswriter, producer, and blogger. Born in May 1973, he co-wrote the book Why Fantasy Football Matters with Erick Barmack. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, in a Jewish family.
American actress Emily Banks and Max met in 1992. It was on her first day of college in September of that year. They dated for several years and eventually got married in 2003.
Banks went through parts of conversion to Judaism, which is her husband’s faith and studied with rabbis. In 2013, in one interview, she said, “I practice Judaism, though, I did not have my mikveh. So, technically, I am not converted, but I have been essentially a Jew for like 15 years. Frankly, because I am already doing everything, I feel like I am as Jewish as I am ever going to be”.
Banks and her husband co-founded the production company Brownstone Productions. They released their first movie in 2009, called Surrogates. Nowadays, Brownstone Productions is mostly known for the Pitch Perfect movies. With the second installment of the movie, Banks had her directorial debut.
The marriage of Banks and Handleman is quite inspirational. They have been together for more than 20 years, and they have started a business together. They support each other in everything they do, and Elizabeth even changed her faith in her husband.
Now, let’s talk about their celebrity son Felix Handelman and the journey it took to get there.
Felix is the firstborn child of movie star Elizabeth Banks and her husband Max. His name signifies “lucky” in the Latin language. And they definitely feel lucky to have him. When they got married in 2003, Elizabeth and her husband embarked on a journey to become parents. But there were many bumps in the road to the finish line. She struggled to conceive, and they tried various treatments and therapies.
Her son Felix was born via surrogacy. In the beginning, Elizabeth was judged for that decision, but she explained in many interviews that she had to do it.
She suffered from a “broken belly” condition and was unable to give birth to her son. Before Felix, she suffered 8 miscarriages and passed through several fertility treatments.
Banks and her husband tried medicines, but nothing worked. After years of discussion, they chose surrogacy and became guardians after meeting a good proxy.
Baby Felix was born in 2011, and his celebrity parents are more than happy to have him. He is Caucasian and of American nationality. He also has a younger brother, Magnus Mitchell Handelman. Both Magnus and Felix were born via surrogacy.
Fun fact: in one interview, Elizabeth shared that she and Felix have a deal in place. As soon as he turns 15 years of age, he would go skydiving with his mother.
Is he on social media?
As of May 2023, Felix is just 12 years of age. Technically and legally, he is not allowed to be on social media. And as you can assume, he is not. Elizabeth and her husband are doing everything they can to protect their children from the craziness of the media spotlight.
Yes, Elizabeth has an Instagram profile with more than 3.6 million followers. And she does publish pictures of her children. But she does it with face-hidden photos.
Sometimes, when the paparazzi publish pictures of her children, she is known to protest.
Felix Handelman is yet to enter his teenage years. Yes, there are some children who earn money from a young age, but that is usually done by their parents.
Felix, on the other hand, doesn’t have to work a day in his life. He and his brother Magnus Mitchell Handelman have been covered by their parents.
Elizabeth is a successful American actress, and she has a production company with her husband. They are only going to get richer. And as of May 2023, Elizabeth and her husband have a joint net worth of more than $50 million. That is more than enough for a comfortable life, right?